And God said, “Let the waters bring forth swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the dome of the sky.”
20 And God said, ‘Let the waters bring forth swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the dome of the sky.’ 21 So God created the great sea monsters and every living creature that moves, of every kind, with which the waters swarm, and every winged bird of every kind. And God saw that it was good. 22 God blessed them, saying, ‘Be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.’ 23 And there was evening and there was morning, the fifth day.
On the fifth day of the Genesis 1 account, God does not merely cause the sea and the sky to team with vast quantities of creatures. He also creates an extravagant diversity: over 10,000 species of birds and over 30,000 species of fish have been so far identified.
God blesses the living creatures (literally, “living souls”) he has created and commands them to multiply and fill the waters and fill the earth. And God sees that they are good.
Allow yourself to wonder at the abundant, varied and often beautiful creatures who share our world. Discover more about birds or sea creatures by watching a documentary or researching online.
All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful,
The Lord God made them all.
He gave us eyes to see them,
And lips that we might tell,
How great is God Almighty,
Who has made all things well.
Cecil Frances Alexander (1818–1895)
Explore the wonders of the deep!
Watch a nature documentary or research online to discover more about the life of our oceans – and thank God for the wonders of his creation.
|Reflections from the Church House Publishing booklet #LiveLent: Care for God’s Creation – A 40-Day Challenge inspired and informed by the Archbishop of Canterbury’s 2020 Lent book Saying Yes to Life by Ruth Valerio (SPCK) are copyright 2020 The Archbishops’ Council and used here with permission. Full details of both resources are available on the Church of England website.|
Bible readings are taken from The New Revised Standard Version (Anglicized Edition), copyright 1989, 1995 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. All rights reserved.